When I was in Surprise, I was very impressed with Denny Bautista’s performance against the Brewers. (5 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 SO, 1 BB)
Bautista continued his ways last night against the Padres. Bautista pitched 5 shutout innings giving up just one hit. He walked 3 but struck out 5.
The Royals continue to mention Mike Wood as a potential starter, but it’s obvious to me that the two open rotation spots should go to Affeldt and Bautista.
Wood has always been more of a long reliever or spot starter and I feel like that’s his best role.
The good news here is that Royals pitchers are performing very well. I’m anxious to get the season started to see if this pre season success can carry over.